Huge relief as labour suspends strike after FG agrees to N30,000 minimum wage

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The total strike scheduled to commence today, November 6, 2018 has been suspended after the Labour Unions and the Federal Government agreed to a N30, 000 minimum wage yesterday.

The National Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Ayuba Wabba, announced the suspension at the end of the 10pm meeting of the tripartite committee set up to come up with the new minimum wage on Monday.

Wabba said the decision to suspend the action was reached after agreements were reached and documents signed.

“Having reached this position and agreements signed, the proposed strike action is hereby suspended,” the labour leader said.

There was tension in the air yesterday as Nigerians prepared for what was expected to be a total strike that would grind all activities to a halt. To make matters worse, there were earlier reports that the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas workers(NUPENG) would join the strike, sparking fears of a shortage in fuel prices.  NUPENG has refuted those rumours.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) also announced yesterday that it would commence industrial action. Meanwhile, at 10.30 p.m yesterday, there were unconfirmed reports that airport workers union had already announced stoppage of international flights.

It was therefore, a huge relief for Nigerians when the organized labour called off the planned industrial action.


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